Box Office (Specialty): James Gandolfini's 'Enough Said' Outshines Ron Howard's 'Rush'

12:24 PM PST 09/22/2013 by Pamela McClintock

The romantic dramedy marks the late actor's second-to-last film; "Rush" -- starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl -- opens to solid numbers in New York and L.A. before expanding nationwide Sept. 27.

Marking the second-to-last film from the late James Gandolfini, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said turned in one of the best openings of the year at the specialty box office, with a location average of $60,000. Gandolfini stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the Fox Searchlight film.

Enough Said opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $301,734 for the five days, and $204,000 for the three.

Enough Said stars Louis-Dreyfus as a woman who learns the man she's interested in is the ex-husband of her new friend. The movie will open in 65 new markets Sept. 27.

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Searchlight also is handling Animal Rescue, Gandolfini's final film, which will be released next year.

Ron Howard's Formula One drama Rush opened to solid, but unspectacular, numbers in its limited launch. The well-reviewed movie, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, grossed $200,000 from five theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $40,000, the second-best of the weekend.

Universal, which is distributing Rush domestically, is using the limited opening to build word-of-mouth before the movie expands nationwide Sept. 27. Howard and the studio are well aware that Rush faces substantial challenges in the U.S., where Formula One has never caught on.

From a screenplay by noted British screenwriter Peter Morgan, Rush tells the real-life story of F1 rivals James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Bruhl). Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media co-financed and co-produced Rush, which is set in the mid-1970s.

Among other specialty openings, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's documentary After Tiller took in $15,500 from two theaters for a location average of $7,750. From Oscilloscope, the film recounts the aftermath of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller, who performed third-trimester abortions in Kansas.

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French biopic Haute Cuisine took in $15,319 from three locations in New York and L.A. for a theater average of $5,106 for The Weinstein Co. The comedy is based on the real-life story of Daniele Delpeuch, who became a private chef for Francois Mitterand.

A year after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, Roadside Attractions' Thanks for Sharing debuted to $607,670 from 269 theaters, resulting in a location average of $2,259. Stuart Blumberg's dramedy about recovery from sexual addiction stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins.

Among holdovers, Shane Salerno's documentary Salinger struggled as it expanded into roughly 60 markets after opening in L.A. and New York earlier this month. The documentary, distributed by TWC, grossed $182,000 for a location average of $1,319 and cume of $359,000.

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